Day: March 7, 2017

ZBC auditions for TV presenters

ZBC News and Current Affairs will be holding auditions for part time television news presenters in the following languages: 1. Xhosa 2. Kalanga 3. Tshangani 4. Ndau, and 5. Chewa Prospective presenters with five (5) Ordinary Level passes should report to ZBC Montrose studios in Bulawayo this Saturday, the 11th of March at...

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I miss Nkrumah: President Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe says it was a great betrayal to the African cause when Kwame Nkrumah was ousted and had to die in exile. Addressing Ghanaian journalists in Accra after the country’s 60th independence celebrations, Cde Mugabe said Nkrumah, more that anybody , shaped the course of Africa’s liberation and he really misses him. “Kwame Nkrumah never deserved the most brutal and cruel massacre he went through. He championed the revolution of not only Ghana but Africa as a whole,” said President Mugabe. Addressing Ghanaians in Accra on Monday during the country’s independence anniversary, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo...

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Sinoia Primary shines at chess national competitions

Sinoia Primary School from Chinhoyi scooped three gold medals in chess national competitions held in Bulawayo and saw five of its six pupils who took part in the tournament qualifying to represent the country at regional finals to be held in Namibia in August. Sinoia Primary School sent just six pupils for the chess national finals held in Bulawayo and the pupils gave a rude awakening to established chess players after scooping three golds which landed Mashonaland West a third position slot at national level. Two other pupils who could not get medals all the same qualified to represent Zimbabwe at the regional chess finals to be held this August in Namibia by virtue of attaining 4th position. The Chiwara siblings, Michael a grade one pupil and Makanaka scooped gold alongside Jaydon Chitakatira. Tawanda Mhako and Nokutenda Chapanduka came fourth in their respective categories and qualified to proceed for regional finals alongside the gold medalists. The sixth pupil, Billy Jena missed by two spots after attaining 6th position in his category. The province was represented by pupils from Sinoia, Chiedza Primary School of Chinhoyi and Tafara Primary School of Kadoma whose pupils got two silver medals. The National Association of Primary School Heads Mashonaland West chapter and Sinoia Primary School have since honoured the pupils for their sterling performance given this year has been their only second one of...

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Retired CJ Chidyausiku got it wrong: VP Mnangagwa

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has accused Retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku of violating the constitution by appointing retired judge, Justice Vernanda Ziyambi to serve as an acting judge of the Constitutional and Supreme courts for a further year after mandatory retirement age without administering the oath. Vice President Mnangagwa, who is also in charge of the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, said retired Chief Justice Chidyausiku violated section 185(2) of the constitution which requires a judge to take an oath of office upon appointment. He raised this issue on the basis that the letter of Justice Ziyambi’s...

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DDF begins roads maintenance in Mash West

The District Development Fund (DDF) has begun refurbishing damaged roads in five districts across Mashonaland West Province. The resumption of the roads maintenance programme in the province comes against the backdrop of the release of a tranche of funds recently by government for emergency infrastructure repairs. DDF Mashonaland West Provincial Coordinator, Mr Ericana Chikande said five districts are already rolling out maintenance works on roads and bridges which were severely damaged by flooding. One of the roads is the Makande Gatshegatshe road where the organisation prioritised about a 7km stretch in the Matusadonha mountain range which is prone to land slides. The road provides a link between the rest of the country and the Gatshegatshe 8 wildlife corridor and fishing camps. Mr Jim Kadziya the provincial director in the office of the Minister of State for Mashonaland West Province bemoaned the dearth of a parallel road maintenance programme involving local authorities He said road maintenance equipment has to be serviced by mechanics from Harare who take their time to attend to breakdowns. Mashonaland West is set to receive about US$2 million from government for emergency work on damaged roads and...

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Zim to participate at Berlin tourism expo

Zimbabwe is set to participate and market its tourism products at the International Travel Bourse (ITB) to be held in Berlin, Germany starting tomorrow (Wednesday). Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Dr Walter Mzembi is leading a Zimbabwe delegation to the ITB in Germany. The ITB, which has attracted over 185 countries and 10 000 exhibitors kicks off tomorrow and ends over the weekend. Commenting on Zimbabwe’s participation at this global tourism exposition, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Sugar Chagonda said all is now set for the show and Zimbabwe is raring to go. A total of 15 companies from Zimbabwe are exhibiting at the ITB Berlin and these include the African Bush Camps, African Sun Hotels, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, Rainbow Tourism Group, Shearwater Victoria Falls, Zambezi Cruise Safaris, and Zimbabwe International Trade Fair among others. The ZTA chief executive Mr Karikoga Kaseke paid homage to the Zimbabwe tourism operators participating at the fair and expressed optimism that they will consolidate and grow their market share by securing lucrative business deals. The ZTA boss added that Zimbabwe’s participation at the ITB and other related international travel fairs is premised on the need for continuous investment in aggressive marketing in order for the tourism sector to achieve the projected growth rate. Germany contributes 18 percent of European arrivals into Zimbabwe and ranks third after...

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TIMB trains personnel on e-marketing system

The Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) has intensified tobacco mock sales to train merchants and auctioneers on how the new e-marketing system will be used during the 2017 marketing season which begins next week. The e-marketing system introduced by the TIMB will replace the conventional way of selling tobacco. When the ZBC News visited the main auction floors in Harare today, TIMB technical teams busy training buyers to fine-tune the new system in readiness for the official opening of the floors. TIMB Spokesperson, Mr Isheunesu Moyo said the organisation is working around the clock to ensure a smooth...

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‘SADC citizens unaware of integration achievements’

Many citizens of SADC member states have very little knowledge of the achievements which have been scored since the bloc’s formation in 1980. This was revealed by the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) in its findings on steps the regional bloc has made towards integration. A few weeks before the SADC summit dubbed: ‘The SADC We Want,’ SARDC Executive Director, Mr Munetsi Madakufamba said their research findings have revealed that most citizens are not aware of the regional bloc’s integration achievements over the years. He however said the slow pace of the implementation of the regional integration agenda remains a major challenge. Regional integration has been cited as the main approach on how to take forward the economic, social and political agenda, among member states. Nations have also been urged to expedite the domestication of laws which are agreed at regional...

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Industry bemoans delays in SEZ implementation

Industry players say the implementation of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) is taking longer than anticipated, owing to liquidity challenges and delays by the government to appoint a board. The signing into law of the SEZ Bill brought optimism within the business fraternity that the implementation of the concept will get the country’s economy back on track. A few months after the coming into effect of the law, little progress has been made on the ground regarding the inflow of foreign direct investment. According to Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) CEO, Mr Clifford Sileya, lack of funding is affecting the...

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ZSE bounces back

The industrial index bounced back by 0.68 points to close the day at 135.12 points with the mining index retreating 2.37 points. TSL led the movers with a 1.35 cents gain to close at 20.50 cents, while beverage giant, Delta went up by 1.00 cents to 84.02 cents. Old Mutual gained 0.23 cents to 346.50 cents, Barclays went up by 0.10 cents to end at 2.60 cents and Econet closed at 13.00 cents after picking up a marginal 0.01 cents. Gains were partially offset by losses in Innscor, which lost 0.03 cents to close at 44.75 cents and NMB decreased by 0.26 cents to 3.30 cents. The mining index lost 2.37 points to close at 53.31 points after Bindura lost 0.30 cents to close at 3.00 cents. Falgold, Hwange and RioZim remained unchanged at previous trading levels at 1.00 cents, 3.00 cents and 33.10 cents in that...

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